Methuen — Joanne S. (Curran) Morse, 82, formerly of Hampton, N.H., and Methuen, Mass., passed away peacefully on March 22, 2014, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Andrew C. Morse.
Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late Anastasia B. (Ryan) and James W Curran. She attended the Sacred Heart Grammar School in Lowell, and graduated from Lowell High School in 1949. She continued her education at Lowell State Teacher’s College, where she graduated with a teaching degree in 1954. After a brief teaching career, she stayed at home to raise her family.
She was a member of the Sodality at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Hampton N.H., where over the years, she served as vice president, secretary and president. She was also a member of the Catholic Woman’s Club. Prior to moving to Hampton, she was a member of St. Monica’s PTA and helped with their many events. She loved to travel with her family and friends, especially to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and on cruises. Joanne enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with family at her beach house in Hampton, N.H.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons, Susan and her husband, David Doyle of Billerica, Andrea Morse of Methuen, and Mary Beth and her husband, David McGlashan of Bradford, Mark Morse and his wife, Anita, of Chelmsford, and Chris Morse and his wife, Kim, of Hampton, N.H.; 10 grandchildren, Joanna Doyle, Kathryn, Ryan and Daniel McGlashan, Patrick and his wife, Karyn, Bridget, Greg and Ceara Morse, and Andrew and Rebecca Morse. She is also survived by a brother, Robert and his wife, Maureen Curran of Lowell; and two sisters, Frances Kane of Westminister, Md., and Ann Louise LeColst of Windham, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Gail (Griffin) Morse.